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I'm a first year grad student. All throughout college I was always "trying" to lose weight/get in shape/eat healthy. Spring 2010 was the closest I got to getting back in really good shape. And then I started grad school in June and gained 20 lbs. Yep, 20! I'm tired of using lots of studying and huge amounts of stress as an excuse to overeat and not take care of myself. So it's time to quit talkin' about it and JUST LOSE IT! :)

***Motivating Quotes***
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Discipline is remembering what you want." ~David Campbell

“The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” ~Unknown

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” ~Kenneth Blanchard

“A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.” ~Stephan Dolley Jr.
Jan. 5, 2009:
My New Years' motto is "Forward." Just one word. But it applies to everything and is really helping me have such a positive attitude! I don't want to dwell on how many times I've fallen off track. I'm focusing on all the positive things I'm doing now! :D
Sept. 4, 2009:
A friend helped me realize that I had become obsessed with food/wanting to lose weight...since then I took a break from SP...now I'm back and approaching this with a new attitude. I joined a new gym, which I love, so I've been working out a lot. I've been tracking my calories every day...still need some work in that department, but I AM getting better at staying within my calories. I've been weighing myself once every morning...I hope to eventually only use it once a week, or not even at all, but for right now once a day is working for me. Other than that I've got a great support system going right now - my mom is also doing all these things along with me, my sister and I have gone to the gym several times together, and of course my SP friends who I talk to every day!

I'm starting to notice more definition in my muscles...in places I haven't seen in years! So that has been really motivating. And I'm getting better at resisting cravings/temptations by constantly reminding myself of why I want this so bad. Lastly (and this has been a little tough) I have to always remind myself that this is a SLOW process. I spent years putting this weight on, so it's not just all going to magically fall off in one month. Having all this support and forcing myself to stay positive has really helped keep me motivated though! :)

As of 10/7/09: going on a 30-day streak of no-sweets (except for one day when my best friend is coming home from grad school and having a halloween party :))...I'll letchya know how the streak goes...wish me luck in staying focused and determined!

Member Since: 6/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,525

My Goals:
Stop thinking/worrying so much about food and exercise and just make healthier decisions. I know what's healthy and what's not. I know what has nutritional value and what doesn't. I know when I can afford some sweets and when I'm going overboard. So I'm just going to start making healthier decisions and listening to when my body tells me that I'm hungry.

My Program:
Making healthier food choices. Going to the gym more. Being conscious of when I make excuses. Nothing drastic, just getting back into old routines/habits. :)

Personal Information:
My name is Amber. I went to UF (Go Gators!) and now I'm in Physical Therapy school. Not only do I want to develop healthy habits for life, but being in the health field I want to be able to set a good example for my patients. I can't talk the talk if I don't walk the walk!

If you want to know anything else, just ask! :)

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    I miss you! Come back! Hope classes aren't stressing you out too much, don't forget to take some time for yourself!
    3822 days ago
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    3833 days ago
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    Ok so I've been eating horribly!!! I am planning to start new today and track all of the food that goes into my mouth. That worked for me before so hopefully it will work again right? I hope school didn't swallow you up now that you are back in the grind I'm sure. Hang in there girlfriend :)
    3838 days ago
  • v MAK1186
    Hey! It went really well, thanks for asking. They offered me the position but I decided to decline since it was 34hrs/week and I thought it would be way too much with being in school full-time.

    I have been trying to keep up with the videos, but I don't do anything else exercise wise besides them so I need to get on that. I am trying really hard to eat right though and I'm doing decent so far. Hopefully things are going well with you!! :)
    3853 days ago
    How have you been? I miss you!! I keep seeing you on my facebook feed I kept meaning to write and see how things were going. How has the getting healthy been going? I hope everythings going good!
    A lot has been going on in my life so I've had zero time for spark people and unfortunately all that weight I lost creeped right back emoticon emoticon
    I'm not sure what all I've told you, but in the last six months I:
    - graduated
    - got a new job
    - got engaged
    - and moved in with my fiance (who is a terrible eater lol)
    Everything in my life seems to be falling in place except for the stupid weight thing.
    So now I'm back on sparkpeople and really need to lose 10-15lbs (I figured 120s was too hard to maintain and not really healthy for me) before the wedding.
    I need your help!!! Please, please, please do a challenge with me! I'm desperate for our old challenges, cause I know they helped me lose it all last time.
    I hope to hear from you soon!!

    (PS: the engagement thing is a secret on facebook for family reasons, I can explain later, so I can only talk about it on here )

    4053 days ago
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